General

Amakhala Game Reserve

Among the Frontier Settlers some five generations ago, our families settled in the Eastern Cape to farm sheep and cattle on the wild and often hostile Zuurveld. We are still here in the now historic and hospitable Frontier Country, only today our Private Game Reserve offers a wildlife experience that will capture your imagination, refresh your soul and help to conserve our natural heritage.

The haunting cry of the fish eagle echoes through the rugged krantzes, and the veld grass whispers with the roaming of Lion, Leopard, Elephant, Rhino, Buffalo, Cheetah, Giraffe, Zebra and numerous other antelope. At Amakhala you can experience the delights of the African bushveld while on safari, bushwalk, river cruise or simply with a glass of wine from the veranda of your lodge.

Here you will also experience the warm hospitality of the settler family descendents who run The Heritage Collection of Game lodges, and you may discover some of our little “secrets”; like the prehistoric bushman burial ground, or the site of Africa’s most ancient dinosaur fossil finds.

Amakhala Game Reserve offers luxury accommodation in Safari Lodges, Country Houses and restored Settler Farmhouses located between the Greater Addo and Frontier Country area in the Eastern Cape of South Africa.

Only 45 minutes drive east of Port Elizabeth, Amakhala Game Reserve and Accommodation in the Eastern Cape is easily accessible for any visitor to South Africa,and it is surely a not-to-be-missed stop on South Africa’s famous “Garden Route”.

Bush Lodge

Situated in the bush, at the top end of an open valley in the reserve, Bush Lodge’s luxury tents overlook a watering point with big sky views. Each suite has a secluded private viewing deck with intimate plunge pool.

Feel invigorated by the sounds and fragrances of the African bush, while lounging on your personal deck, or viewing from within your plunge pool. Built in the bush, against a back drop of aloe’s and indigenous fauna and flora, make the Bush Lodge a perfect African retreat. Our luxurious. secluded tented rooms with private plunge pools, atmospheric fireplace, alfresco double showers and hot and cold air-conditioners, offer an unforgettable and exceptional romantic experience.

Leisure time can be spent indulging in professional treatments in the privacy and comfort of your own suite by an exclusive in-house therapist. Enjoy cuisine that excites the palate and leaves you needing to explore true African culture, hosted by local staff that are willing to attend to your every need. A far cry from the average safari experience, the Bush Lodge provides undivided, personal attention ensuring your stay is pleasurable and unforgettable.

Leeuwenbosch & The Country House

The Country House on Leeuwenbosch caters for the whole family. We offer two family suites, baby sitting services and a children’s programme.

Shearer’s Lodge has been beautifully converted into four luxury en-suite rooms, three twins and one really special honeymoon suite and surrounded by indigenous gardens.

William Fowlds of Long Lee was born in Keighley, Yorkshire in 1838. At 14 years he was apprenticed to a wheelwright to learn the trade. He married Sarah Green at an early age and then set off across the sea to a distant land, South Africa and landed in Algoa Bay in 1857. After a tedious journey by ox wagon in unfamiliar surroundings of wild animals, he arrived at Addo where he very soon found employment with a wagon builder.

William had five sons and two daughters, the eldest of which, also William, bought the farm Leeuwenbosch in 1873. Thereafter it passed on to his only son, Victor, and in time to his son, William Henry, commonly known as Bill.

Bill and his wife Rose have been hosting guests since 1992 and their special brand of hospitality draws guests back year after year to Leeuwenbosch. The return to the family home in 1999 by William and Heidi and their children represents the fifth generation of the Fowlds family on Leeuwenbosch. It continues to be a privilege to share our family’s heritage with you.

The Country House

This historical colonial manor house built in 1908 offers true country living in every sense. Both spacious and comfortable, with five en-suite bedrooms which include two suites, one family room,one double room and one twin the Country House is set amid beautiful indigenous gardens and is an ideal base for game viewing and relaxation.

The Country House on Leeuwenbosch caters for the whole family. We offer two family suites, baby sitting services and a children’s programme.

Reed Valley Inn

This colonial lodge encompasses South Africa’s historical past and provides a personalised homely experience

Reed Valley has been in the Weeks family for over one hundred years. It was purchased in 1898 by Jabez Weeks, son of an 1820 Settler. The previous owners were of Dutch descent. The main house is estimated to have been built in 1806. Through time, many farming enterprises such as cows, sheep, ostriches, crocodiles, pineapples and dairy have had their successes and failures.

Rod and Tracey Weeks are now the fifth generation on Reed Valley which is part of the Amakhala Game Reserve. Our forefathers spent their time hunting leopard, lions and elephant to enable them to farm in peace and now we have re-introduced them in a unique joint conservation project with five neighbouring family farms.

Accommodation

Reed Valley Inn is nestled in a farmyard and is comprised of four historic en-suite country rooms, which once provided rest and safety for the travellers on the mail wagon. Each room has a separate entrance on to a private patio. Children from 12 years are welcome.

A sumptuous dinner featuring local specialties will be served with true Eastern Cape hospitality. In the morning, enjoy a hearty breakfast before you set off to discover the untold beauty of our land.

Your stay will be made special by personalised attention and arrangements that are tailor-made to suit your requirements from catering to excursions and activities.

We offer rooms that are serviced daily, a swimming pool, and classic pub.

The Safari Lodge

This intimate thatched lodge with its unique air-conditioned safari huts offers all the comforts of a luxury five star lodge and is an undisturbed retreat where you can regenerate your soul and tune into the sounds of nature.

Listen to the heartbeat and hear the rhythms of Africa at The Safari Lodge in the breathtaking Eastern Cape wilderness. The Safari Lodge is tucked away in a valley of indigenous bush at the northern boundary of the 7000 hectare Amakhala Game Reserve. Nestled between Shamwari Game Reserve and Addo Elephant National Park, its location is ideal for the best wildlife viewing South Africa has to offer. The Safari Lodge offers a three day package which, along with activities on Amakhala, includes a game drive into Addo and a visit to The Born Free Foundation.

The landscape and elements of African tribal design influenced owners and artists, Mike and Justine Weeks, in their endeavour to achieve a holistic safari experience. This intimate thatched lodge with its unique air-conditioned safari huts offers all the comforts of a luxury five star lodge and is an undisturbed retreat where you can regenerate your soul and tune into the sounds of nature.

The Safari Lodge sleeps 22 people in 11 luxury suites, complete with private plunge pools and separate lounge areas.

Canvas drop blinds open up the safari huts and the central lounge to views of a small waterhole where monkeys come to play and antelope and zebra to quench their thirst.

You can soak away the heat in a luxurious double bath with the sights and sounds of nature or splash off the dust in a double outdoor shower. Large beds draped with mosquito nets, sparkling wine on ice alongside a double bath filled with aromatherapy scented bubbles make this a favorite for honeymooners and the romantic at heart.

In the evening the haunting sound of the kudu horn will summon you to the fireside, to share tales of your day’s adventure and to enjoy award winning South African wines and local cuisine under a magnificent canopy of stars. Our resident chef will treat you with gastronomic delights presented with African flair to end off the perfect day.

The Safari Lodge’s warm and hospitable environment and the personal touch from friendly well-trained staff will create unforgettable memories

Woodbury Lodge

Guests are accommodated in 6 comfortably appointed stone-and-thatch sleeping lodges, each with air-conditioning and en-suite bathroom. The seclusion of the lodges and the design of the bathrooms and private decks enable our visitors to enjoy the unique and breathtaking views at their leisure.

Woodbury Lodge, situated on the beautiful Amakhala Game Reserve only some 75km from Port Elizabeth, is spectacularly set against a cliff above the Bushman’s River valley. It offers an intimate and tranquil experience of the Eastern Cape riverine bushveld at its best. The lodge has recently received a four star grading in recognition of its standards.

Your hosts, the Gush family, will endeavour to make your stay truly memorable.

Bush Living

Guests are accommodated in six comfortably appointed stone-and-thatch sleeping lodges, each with air-conditioning and en-suite bathroom. The seclusion of the lodges and the design of the bathrooms and individual outdoor relaxation areas enable our visitors to enjoy the unique and breathtaking views at their leisure. Guests are often thrilled by the late afternoon sighting of the elephant herd passing by.

Relaxation

Meals with a South African flavour are served in a relaxed and stylish atmosphere in the central dining room, and guests can gather around the outdoor fire or in the attractive bar lounge for a drink and snacks before dinner. Breakfasts on occasion are served outdoors on the deck of the dining room. A range of game viewing and other activities such as the river cruise and canoeing are on offer, or you could just recline around the pool and enjoy some sun while the birds keep you company.

Carnavondale

This consists of the 1820 Settler farmhouse, the Bottom House, and an elegantly restored early Edwardian cottage, the Top House. On offer is a choice of en-suite serviced bedrooms meeting three star grading requirements. A family suite is available on request. A sparkling swimming pool set in large gardens offer complete relaxation and peace.

Situated in Frontier Country, Carnarvon Dale is an 1857 family farm on the banks of the Bushman’s River. This historic Settler farmhouse once provided lodgings for travelers, whose journeys had been halted by the flooded river, until it was safe for them to cross. In this same tradition of hospitality, we welcome you into our home and invite you to share our heritage.

Once too, travelers recorded that our open plains were home to the mighty elephant and fearsome lion and that the valley bushveld teemed with game of many species. As you return to nature, so nature will return to you all that is good. We invite you to share in our conservation experience.

Carnarvon Dale consists of the Settler farmhouse, the Bottom House, and an elegantly restored early Edwardian cottage, the Top House. On offer is a choice of en-suite serviced bedrooms with private lounges meeting three star grading requirements. A family suite is available on request.

Delicious farm-style meals are served in the main dining room. Morning and late afternoon guided game drives in an open Land Rover are arranged to suit your personal needs. For a change of pace enjoy our bird watching and game spotting walks along the lazy Bushman’s River. And for those really hot days, there’s an inviting swimming pool to cool off in.

In the evenings there are new friends to be made over cool sundowners and stories of bygone days to entertain you around a “braaivleis” fire under South African stars.

Your hosts at Carnarvon Dale, Roger and Maryan Hart, will make your stay a memorable and enjoyable one. Let them introduce you to the rich heritage of this unique landscape and its history while you enjoy the warm hospitality that defines the Eastern Cape.

Quatermain Camp

This classic 1920’s style expedition camp is modelled on the heyday of exploration, that golden era when adventure lay around every corner. Our intimate camp offers you the opportunity to experience “Africa under canvas”, with crisp white 1900’s style safari tents fitted out with military campaign style furnishings; the choice of pioneers, hunters and explorers of that time

Set in a secluded valley, 45 minutes from Port Elizabeth, flanked by sub-tropical thicket covered ridges, Quatermain’s camp embodies the original spirit of safari.

Our intimate camp offers you the opportunity to experience “Africa under canvas”, with crisp white 1900’s style safari tents fitted out with military campaign style furnishings; the choice of pioneers, hunters and explorers of that time.

Relax in the centralised boma area where local delicacies are prepared in front of you on an open fire, and dinner is served under a blanket of stars.

Every effort has been made to stay true to the expedition style, with concessions only being allowed for rustic bathrooms with modern conveniences. Guests at our expedition camp can enjoy the excitement of “Big 5” safaris on 2 of Eastern Cape’s premier game reserves in a malaria free area.

At Quatermains Camp we will do our very best to make sure that you are enveloped by the natural world and that you will return home refreshed and with a new sense of wonder and understanding of the wildlife around us.

Game Drives

Your hosts Riaan and Julie Brand are both experienced rangers and will do their upmost to ensure that you have a safari that you will never forget. As we operate in “Big 5” areas you have a chance of seeing elephant, white and black rhino, leopard, buffalo and lion as well as a variety of other game including hyena, cheetah, zebra, giraffe, many species of antelope and much more.Your hosts will delight in showing you the smaller members of this ecosystem as well as the birds and plants.

A mid drive stop to have a welcome coffee on the morning drive or a cool sundowner in the afternoon all adds to the experience of a lifetime.

Bush Walks

Guided bush walks can be conducted upon request, in a “soft game” area and as such has no dangerous animals present.

Birding Safaris

The area surrounding the camp contains suberb and diverse birdlife encompassing fynbos, thicket, and grassland biomes. We also have the Bushman’s River which ensures we see a wealth of water birds.

Woodbury Tented Camp

Set in the heart of Amakhala Game Reserve, overlooking the majestic plains where zebra and wildebeest roam. Tranquil surroundings and comfortable canvas tents allow guests to experience the bush at its best

Set in the heart of Amakhala Game Reserve, the tranquil surroundings of the open bushveld allow you to escape from normal day-to-day activities, and enable you to take a deep breath and experience a quiet getaway.

The centre of the camp is an airy, thatched entertainment area, where you can soak up the African sun. Looking out over spectacular views of game-filled plains, this magical setting provides an outdoor feeling to complement delicious traditional meals. The tents are comfortably fitted out as bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms.

Surrounded by Wildlife

Your days can be filled with an abundance of adventurous outdoor game viewing.

If you prefer a more peaceful and relaxing getaway, time spent under the shade of an Acacia tree, while listening to nature’s calls can be ideal.